Panama

Camas & Heritage High School volunteers in Bahía Honda, Panama

3:30 am, April 2: It was an early morning for this group of 20 students from Camas and Heritage High Schools and their 3 chaperones. Faces were sleepy, but more excited than anything. As the pre-trip photo was taken, and goodbyes exchanged with families, the group embarked on a journey that was bound to have […]

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Notre Dame Prep in Pigandí, Panama

  “Por qué no?”  This was the motto of Notre Dame Prep’s trip to Pigandí, Panama with Courts for Kids.  On the surface, this experience seems like a trip to build a court for the community of Pigandí, but it was so much more than that.  This trip, above all, was about building relationships and […]

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University of Oregon Athletes in Cañaza, Panama

After about 40 hours of traveling, 18 fellow athletes, four faculty members and I stepped off the bus in the community of Cañaza. We were greeted with a celebration. Drums were played, a welcome sign was held and a traditional dance was performed by some of the women of the community. We went around meeting […]

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Volunteers from Washington & Oregon in Menchaca, Panama

Our journey to Panama started with four adults and eleven teens and tweens from Vancouver, Portland and Seattle.  It ended in a tearful goodbye among an extended family of countless kids, teens, adults, seniors, CFK and Peace Corps volunteers —and even stray dogs– in a remote village of 140+ “dwellings” about a four hour bus […]

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SW Washington and Portland students in San Miguelito, Panama

On July 8 a group of 20 students from Seton Catholic, Central Catholic, Reynolds, Jesuit Portland and Columbia River arrived to Panama to build a court in the community of Cerro Batea, San Miguelito. This was a very different Courts for Kids project considering that the site of the project was in Panama City area […]

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Jesuit Portland High School in Panama

For the better part of a week, we lived and worked in the community of La Soledad, Panamá.  Soledad means “solitude” in English, which is both a very fitting and completely inaccurate description of our experience.  Solitude can mean “remote, rural, and secluded,” which matches a community with no electricity, no running water in their […]

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St Johns Toledo and Jesuit NOLA students to Panama

It was late May, a sunny May, a perfect May that almost seemed like January (when Panama’s dry season is). And after almost a full month of blue bright skies, Panama weather was too excited to see a group of 24 volunteers arrive from Jesuit New Orleans and St. Johns, that it let the rain […]

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SW Washington Students to Piriati Emberá, Panama

When I entered into education, one of my goals was to get kids out of the classroom, out of their community, and experience something great, meaningful, and at the same time make it a learning experience.  This Courts for Kids trip to Panama made it happen.  We had twenty high school students and four adults […]

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1st Panama court- U of Oregon students to Buena Vista.

On March 19th a group of amazing volunteers from the University of Oregon College of Education arrived to Panama to work shoulder to shoulder with the community of Buena Vista in the province of Colon, a community recently relocated from Coco Solo, a destitute community on the Caribbean that had become inhabitable due to the […]

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